Painting A Dresser + A $100 Home Depot Giveaway {CLOSED}

Usually, I instantly know what color I think a piece of furniture should be painted when I run across something good in a second hand store. Sometimes, I buy it, let it sit in my garage for a few weeks (maybe months) and ponder on it for a little while. But, more often than not, I go with my gut and paint it the color I originally envisioned. Take this chest, for example. Sweet lines, perfect for a bedroom or even an entry, but such a lackluster color:

dresser before

When I spotted it, I saw it in green. Rich, vibrant and full of Spring found at the Home Depot paint department in the form of Caper Berry by Martha Stewart Living (MSL109).

Caper Berry paint

This little makeover started with a shopping trip for supplies and ended with a couple of coats of paint:


You can read more details about my process and what products I used here.

painted green chest

The insides of the drawers were a little dingy, so I cleaned them up and painted them a dark charcoal gray.

painted drawers

I love how this green works with my favorite blue and white accessories:

painted dresser

(This is one of the first pieces that will be available for sale in my booth at the Catawba River Antique Mall starting May 1st. Yay!)



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3 New Paint Products To Try

I get lots of emails about new products and thought I’d share a few of them for those of you who like to tackle small painting jobs like I do. First up, is this Kilz adhesion bonding primer. Kilz sent me a quart of it, and I’ve used it on a few recent projects that have involved glossy surfaces, including this ceramic vase:


I’ve also used it on furniture with slicker laminate surfaces like these chairs. As promised, I’ve been able to skip the sanding step and get right to painting after applying this primer:


(I’ll show you more once these are finished.)

The next two products I haven’t personally tried but would like to at some point. The Paint Brush Cover saves your brushes from destruction in between coats of paint. “Why didn’t I think of that?” says the girl who currently has four different brushes wrapped in plastic wrap in her fridge.


And, finally, a product for those of us who get really indecisive when it comes to choosing a color for the walls. SureSwatch is a peel and stick decal that lets you paint a larger swatch, stick it to your wall, study it until your heart’s content and then remove it. (It’s currently available for 98 cents at the Home Depot paint counter.)


DIY Painted Wood Cutting Board

I don’t actually use wood cutting boards very much, but I do love them for accessorizing and bringing texture into a kitchen. I found this one while treasure hunting last week, and thought it looked more like a piece of art. So, I went with that idea and gave it a few stripes.

DIY painted cutting board

(See the other cutting board painting project I did here.)

I had everything I needed already on hand: painter’s tape, a measuring tape to check my lines, a 99 cent paint brush and some glossy black paint.


painting wood cutting boards

The “no. 7” was part of a larger stencil I had but had never used. I thought it gave it more of a vintage look.

striped cutting board

Now to look for more cutting boards to paint. . .